April 18, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

I was frugal, and ended up with only two books, both were on sale at the time. What I purchased last week:

 

I already own this book, but thought some of you might be interested in this sale.

 
 
 
 
 
I also found a few free books that caught my attention:

 
 
These books were free, but it looks like they went back to normal pricing already. They have such great reviews, I wanted to still post them.

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 



April 11, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. Some really beautiful covers this week!

 

I also found a few free books that caught my attention:

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 



April 09, 2015.

I used to be an avid reader of historical romance…until everything paranormal took over my life. Then, a few months ago, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read (not that I was lacking books!) and picked up an historical. Much to my surprise, I loved it. So, I’ve been scouring my shelves for some more, and found book one Only Scandal Will Do (Pleasure House) by Jenna Jaxon.

 

Book two Only Marriage Will Do (Pleasure House) will be released on June 9th. Here’s a little bit about the book…

Only Marriage Will Do

Blurb:

Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”

 

When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love.  But is she free to marry him?  Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.

 

Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.

 

The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.

 

Excerpt:

London July 2, 1761

The brass lion-head knocker under Amiable Dawson’s hand sent a sharp rap through the dark walnut door of Dunham House for the second time. The hot July sun hadn’t done his temper any good as he waited on the marble stoop for entrance to the Marquess of Dalbury’s townhouse. He’d been in a foul mood ever since the news of his beloved Katarina’s marriage to the marquess had reached him. Blast it to hell, he was supposed to have married the girl. At least he could make sure she was well and well taken care of by this man she had married.

 

At last a short, dark-haired maid opened the door. She took one look at him, gasped, and stepped back into the house. Her eyes widened and she glanced to her right, wringing her hands. “Who may I say—”

 

A man shouted from within. “No, I do not believe you.”

 

“It is true, I tell you!” A woman’s voice, raised and sharp with terror, sent a chill through Amiable.

 

Katarina. What in God’s name?

 

He barged past the stunned girl and strode down the hall toward the commotion. He burst through the doorway, expecting to defend the woman he loved, only to stop dead at the sight of a man lunging across a sofa and grasping a woman by the wrist. Amiable had half drawn his sword before he realized the woman was not Katarina, but a complete stranger. He dropped it back into its scabbard. This was none of his affair.

 

The young man, foppishly dressed in a robin’s egg blue satin coat dripping too many layers of frothy lace at throat and wrists looked at Amiable, a snarl on his lips.

 

Taking advantage of the distraction, the woman wrenched her arm from the man’s grip. “Praise God. Here he is.” She staggered as she righted herself. “Now you will have to believe me, Philippe.”

 

The fop scrambled back off the sofa and groped for a black lacquer walking stick that lay on the floor. Lips pressed together, he glowered at the woman. “That remains to be seen, ma chere. In any case, I have shown you the papers. They speak for themselves.”

 

The woman ran from behind the sofa to Amiable’s side, grazed a kiss over his cheek and whispered, “For God’s sake, help me. I am alone here and he is trying to take me away. Please, agree with whatever I say.”

 

Smiling into her pleading face, he grasped her hands and gave them a gentle squeeze to signal his acquiescence. “Whatever is the matter, my dear?” Hell if he knew. But he could play his part, even with little information. Let the lady lead and he’d follow as well as he could.

 

The woman smiled then took a deep breath. “My dear, may I present Viscount St. Cyr?” She nodded toward the fop. “Philippe, this is my husband, the Earl of Manning.”

 

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After reading that sneak peek, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

 

To learn more about the author, visit her site at Jenna Jaxon or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy yourself a copy.  :)

 



April 05, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

I didn’t pick up much last week. All the books I did find were on sale for $0.99.

 

 

I also received Omega from NetGalley that I’m really excited to read.

 

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



April 01, 2015.

The fifth and final book in the Weird Girls series came out in March. I loved the first books in the series, so of course I need to find out how things end.

 

 

Title: A Curse Unbroken: A Weird Girls Novel

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2015

Pages: 296

ASIN: B00P54ZO5W

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

 

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

 

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have been through hell and back, leaving their lives in utter chaos. Friendships are broken, while new enemies are forged. Just when Celia and Aric start to put things back together, they are attacked, and a strange new affliction leaves the group at odds with each other. With the paranormal world on the brink of war, they learn a stone of limitless power can tip the balance between good and evil. As everyone scrambles to claim the stone, Celia and Aric must overcome their fears and start working together to find it first or the fragile future of their race will crumble.

 

I adore all the world building that went into the Weird Girls series. This book resumes right after the last book, with plenty of action and angst to keep me flipping the pages. Unfortunately, the strong characters that started the series became so eroded in the last two books, they passed beyond the point of return for me. Though I still liked them, they’ve been through too much. Instead of pulling them closer, they didn’t feel like friends anymore. I love the lore in this series, but it became a bit lost in all the personal drama. By the end of the book, the relationship between Aric and Celia felt rocky, the big reveal so forced, it pulled me right out of the story. So, while I was a bit disappointed in this book, there was enough magic left that I will pick up the spin-off series.

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



March 30, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

 

All of these books were $0.99. I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



March 22, 2015.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #123

 

Lots of good books this week! Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I already owned Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1), The Mind Readers, Chosen and Falling Into You. I pick up Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink)and Fighting Temptation (Men Of Honor Book 1).

 

I also found four good deals this week. A Breath of Frost has been on my wish list for a while. Rebel had such good reviews, I had to check it out. Grave Intentions was a pure impulse buy. Talons is a dragon book that I’ve finally caved and purchased. So, what did you pick up this week?

 

 

 



March 16, 2015.

SunYesterday, the weather reached close to seventy degrees. All the snow has officially melted. I know it hasn’t been a long winter, but I’m ready for it to be over. It’s not green here yet, but I can feel it in the air!

 

Then, I looked at the weather for the week. The high temperatures all week are in the low 30’s and 40’s, dipping in the teens during the nights. And snow. *whimper*

 

What are you doing to stay warm? Reading anything good that I should add to my kindle?

 



March 11, 2015.

What does it say about your day when the first thing that comes to your mind when you wake up is when you can sneak in a nap? *eye-roll*

 

Max 9-2014Spring is finally here! Dog loves the new weather. He was outside the other day and knocked on the door to be let into the house. (Yes, we taught our dog how to knock. Doesn’t everyone?) Anyway, I didn’t think anything of it. I let him in the house, sat down on the couch, and covered myself up in a blanket. A little while later dog joined me on the couch and brought me a present. (Yes, those of you who have pets, you know what type of present I mean.) He dropped a dead mouse on my blanket, right in front of my face, all but bursting with pride at his prize!

 

This thing was HUGE!

 

The Godzilla of mice.

 

I might have screamed. I can’t be sure. I was too busy trying to untangle myself from the blanket, not drop the mouse, making sure puppy didn’t eat it in one gulp, and not touch it all at the same time.

 

Needless to say, puppy was excited that I was so excited, and didn’t seem to understand why I put his toy away instead of using it as a ball to play catch with him. *shudder* So how was your day? :)

 


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March 08, 2015.

I read the first book in The Last Bastion Series last year and loved the unique world and beautiful writing. When I saw book two was available, I had to read it.

 

 

Title: The Last Mission of the Living (The Last Bastion Book 2)

Author: Rhiannon Frater

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Amazon via NetGalley

Release date: August 2014

Pages: 295

ASIN: B00N349JSE

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

 

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

 

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.

 

REVIEW:
Thanks to the sacrifice of the modified soldiers, the number of Inferi Scourge has been drastically reduced. The Bastion has two missions: gather food stores to keep from starving and find the survivors of the Inferi Scourge. Lindsey volunteers for the mission to protect her friends, but when it is discovered the survivors are now immortal, the leaders will do whatever it takes to capture them, including using her as bait. Lindsey can only trust one person to guard her back, the handsome Torran MacDonlad. Now they are both on the run from the Bastion and Inferi Scourge, where they must make the ultimate decision of who lives and dies to ensure the last Bastion remains standing.

 

Rhiannon Frater has a way with words that immediately drew me into the story. I really enjoyed being pulled back into the world of the Bastion. The characters felt very real, but as the story progressed, their day-to-day life slowed down the pacing some. While I liked both characters, I didn’t really get the feeling of a wild romance between them. Although there was a few great action scenes, there was a lot less excitement and action than what I was expecting. So while I enjoyed the story, I missed the twists and turns of the first book.

 
Previous books in the series: